LREM MP Coralie Dubost pinned for “miraculous” expense reports – RT in French

Mediapart highlights spending on leisure spaces and clothing made by MP Coralie Dubost, using her envelope allocated by the Assembly. The elected affirms that all undue costs have been regularized.

In an article published on April 29, Mediapart reports that the deputy of La République en Marche (LREM) and delegate president of the majority group in the National Assembly, Coralie Dubost, “has multiplied the inappropriate uses of her mandate expenses” – expense reports qualified as “mirrobolantes” by the investigative media.

The latter is based on a report submitted to the National Assembly in the spring of 2021. It follows the launch of an internal investigation by the National Assembly’s anti-harassment unit, after a “collective alert” launched by certain former co-workers of the elected official.

Clothing expenses and restaurants

The suspicious costs relate in particular to “monthly clothing expenses within a range of 1,500 to 2,000 euros”, according to the document consulted by Mediapart.

“Highest point of spending, in October 2018, the elected official spent more than 3,300 euros on clothes in one month, in particular on online sales sites such as Private Sale, Place of Trends or Private Showroom. The previous month, her clothing and accessories expenses had amounted to 2,600 euros. The next, the bill reached 2,500 euros, in particular from brands like Sézane or The Kooples ”, writes the investigation site, also evoking more than 500 euros of public money which would have been spent in 2018 in … signs lingerie.

Expenditure on leisure areas also raises questions, according to Mediapart: 194 euros in mandate fees spent in a beach restaurant in Palavas-les-Flots, “which rents deckchairs by the day”, according to Mediapart, as well as restaurant reservations The beachin the Verchant area (5 stars) in the Montpellier region.

According to Mediapart, “the envelope of monthly costs of 5,373 euros allocated by the Assembly” was not enough for the elected LREM: at the beginning of 2019, the deputy would have taken out a loan from La Banque Postale, which manages the accounts. AFM (advance of mandate expenses) of each parliamentarian, in order to deal with an overdraft exceeding 7,000 euros. The chosen one would then, according to the same source, claim work to be done in her office – work which would in fact be non-existent.

Coralie Dubost claimed to have put everything back in order

The person concerned claims to Mediapart that she reimbursed the costs that were not related to her parliamentary activity, after having been subject, for the years 2018 and 2019, to a control carried out by the ethics officer of the National Assembly.

According to the media, the elected nevertheless refuses to specify which expenses precisely were reimbursed and for what total amount. Coralie Dubost nevertheless specifies having “taken out a personal loan” to settle the slate of undue costs. Regarding the latter, the MP also claims that one of her former collaborators would have misled her about what it was possible or not to do in terms of expense reports: “He gave me bad advice, I was stupid […]I am not a cheater, ”she assures the investigation site.

The MP also defends the relevance of certain expenses noted by Mediapart, with regard to her parliamentary activity: with regard to the purchase of branded clothing, for example, she argues that “there are mandate outfits and personal outfits » ; about the restaurant The beachshe evokes “several appointments of mandate”, “times of work like team building in team”.

Also contacted by Mediapart, the presidency of the National Assembly, declares that for reasons of confidentiality, it “is not aware of the reports made by the cell [anti-harcèlement] and is in no way an addressee of the reports it may produce”.

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